January 12, 2019

1. Intro to Leadership Program

  • Dojo protocol for assistant instructors

  • Safety awareness

  • Respectful behavior

  • Where you can shine

2. Safety and first aid

  • Facilitator led course (additional charges may apply)

  • Vulnerable sector check (for ages 16+)

3. Planning a class

  • Curriculum basics

  • Setting objectives

  • Time management

  • Safety awareness

4. Drills and skills

  • Warm-ups

  • Bag drills

  • Games

  • Creating dojo games

5. Teaching basics

  • Stance...

April 6, 2018

In the weeks prior to our tournament, our classes are focused on presentation skills so that students know how to prepare and plan for the event.

September 20, 2017

In the 15 years that I have been teaching self-defense, I estimate that I've taught over 1000 individuals.  In that time, my approach to teaching has noticeably evolved.  Not terms of technique - that part hasn't changed much at all - what's different is how I approach the mental aspect of self defense. 

Most self defense programs (including mine) focus on a few basic principles that can be  easily taught to a group without any previous experience. The students learn a few key targ...

May 29, 2017

Recently, I came across an old goju-ryu karate manual that was published in 1982.  The author was a Canadian man; a Nidan who had trained for 15 years at the time the book was published.  The book is filled with high quality photographs of kata moves. It’s quite thorough; with each kata sequence recorded frame by frame, along with a detailed description of each block and strike.  In a time before Youtube, a book like this would be the only way for someone to learn kata moves without direct conta...

March 10, 2016

Before I started on my karate path, I remember having the idea that Black Belts were Masters of Martial Arts.   Of course, once I met my husband (who was a Nidan at the time), he set me straight right away – “a Black Belt just means that you know how to train”, he said “It means that you managed to drag your butt out to the dojo a couple of times a week for a few years”.   What a disappointment!  I was sure that Black Belts held some kind of mystical source of great power, like the in the movies...